Four GOP Governors Want Senate to Delay Kavanaugh Vote

Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh are set to testify at a key Senate hearing

Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh are set to testify at a key Senate hearing

Thirty-three minutes after the hearing into her accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh began, Christine Blasey Ford stood, took an oath and started to tell her story.

One hour into the questioning of Christine Blasey Ford, the Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein asked the psychology professor how she could be sure that she had been sexually assaulted by the judge now nominated for the Supreme Court.

The conservative jurist's Senate confirmation had seemed assured until Ms Ford came forward and then other women emerged with additional allegations of sexual misconduct.

All eyes are on crucial GOP swing-vote senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have both raised concerns about Kavanaugh. "Just basic memory functions".

"We believe her, we support her, and we thank her for her huge bravery and patriotism", NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, and other sexual assault accusations from two other women.

Collins has said she believes that Ford and Deborah Ramirez, Ford's second accuser, should be heard by the Senate before there's a vote.

Ford said in the summer of 1982, when she was 15, she attended a small house party with four boys and one other girl. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from yelling.

"You may defeat me in the final vote, but you'll never get me to quit, never", Kavanaugh said. Aides said they thought Kavanaugh was effectively fighting back and expressed optimism he could survive the process.

"I don't want to be in a position where people say, "No, thanks". She said Kavanaugh and Judge locked the door, and Kavanaugh proceeded to climb on top of Ford and tried to remove her clothing.

Leahy pressed on and Ford explained her experience in stark terms: "I was underneath (Kavanaugh), while the two laughed". Manchin was among a handful of Democrats from red and purple states that Kavanaugh supporters were targeting as possible votes.

In the sworn affidavit, Swetnick claimed she met Kavanaugh in "approximately 1980-1981" and attended several house parties for which Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were also present. Echoing Ford, he said he was "100 percent certain" he did not commit the assault.

Democrats heaped praise on Ford and pointed to gaps in her memory as evidence that she has been truthful, with Illinois Senator Dick Durbin noting that a "polished liar" can create a "seamless story" while a survivor "cannot be expected" to remember every detail.

In July, Baker, Hogan and Scott were the lone Republican governors to not sign a letter to Senate leaders offering support for Kavanaugh's nomination.

Mitchell appeared intent on making an issue of Ford's statement that she had declined to fly from her home in California to speak with the committee due to her fear of flying-asking how often Ford had flown for business of vacation.

At a fundraiser at his hotel Wednesday, Trump said Kavanaugh "knocked it out of the park" and called the hearing "painful" to watch. She added that the test took place on either the same day or near the date of her grandmother's funeral.

"We're going to look back, similar to Anita Hill, and say that there are things that we could've done right as a country that we did not do", Murray said.

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